A Maldivian national reported missing earlier this month after leaving the island of Fares-Maathoda in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll in a dinghy has been discovered by a foreign vessel 900 miles from Maldivian waters (May 22).
Both opposition and government-aligned parties competing directly against President Dr Mohamed Waheed in September have alleged that even with new EC regulations in place, there were concerns that the incumbent was using state resources to influence voters.
The government-aligned Jumhoree Party (JP) has said no decision has been made on whether to join a coalition backing President Dr Mohamed Waheed in September’s election, as it prepares to officially choose it presidential candidate and leader.
Almost a dozen Indian teachers on Kumundhoo in Haa Dhaalu Atoll have either resigned from their posts or requested transfers to another island, following the assault of a colleague on school premises last week, diplomatic officials have confirmed.
“He was a government employee – they should have renewed his documents before they expired, not afterwards,” a diplomatic source said.
The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has said it has “not officially” received complaints of alleged political harassment from staff at the Iru Fushi Resort in Noonu Atoll after the property’s owners this month terminated a management agreement with Hilton.
“Just 48 hours ago we concluded a meeting in Addu Atoll, one of the largest areas in the country outside of Male’. Given the numbers of people we met there, it is clear there are only two parties,” said PPM MP Mohamed Nihan.
The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture said hosting the ceremony would play a significant part in promoting the Maldives internationally this year – a view shared by senior industry figures, despite their concerns about the number of sponsors receiving awards.
Party spokesperson Ibrahim Shareef said with the DRP battling for space in the middle ground between the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), it had opted to form as broad a coalition as possible to try and ensure a second round victory.